My obsession is retreating from the internet! Say it isn't so! What did she do that got her in trouble?
Don't let her go - I'll have nothing to entertain me.
The nicest guy in town and a close friend, Jim Tolbert is having a "run-in" with the parks department. I encourage to read his story HERE.
At a minimum you should be aware. A good thing for you to do would be to help advocate for Jim and all the other "non-media" people who are actually media.
I love this exercise. It's a good way to see whose stock is moving up and whose stock is plummeting.
El Paso (winner) You get some great new stuff and if you vote for the HOT increase people in other cities will be paying for it.
Norma (loser) Yet another issue she couldn't even move the needle on. She hasn't won anything since here reelection four or five years ago. She screwed Joe Moody right after she screwed herself and has kept at it ever since. You'd think she'd be smart enough to figure out that if she would just support the people she hates, they'd lose.
Rep. Niland (winner) She took the most heat, but stuck by her guns. She comes across as anything but a political opportunist. She'll be facing a recall election for her efforts.
Rep. Ortega (loser) I know a honeymoon is a big thing, but it's not bigger than the vote of the decade for El Paso. He needed to be there to cast his vote. He's now got to face the accusation that he's absent when there's something important in front of council and that's going to make his run for mayor very very tough.
Three Names Allala (loser) Previous to her bizarre foray into city politics she was a welcome member of all political factions within the city's democratic party. She enjoyed wide influence with the local left's commanders. Now... well she's scared everyone who used to like her and some won't even take her calls these days. It's less about her stance on the issue, but the way in which she pursued that stance. Many in the legal community have joined her former colleagues in the media in a legitimate concern for her well-being. Some say it's just another case of a well meaning person falling under the influence of El Paso's political underbelly.
Mayor Cook (winner/loser) Could go either way depending on what he does today with the veto. If he vetoes the vote, he loses. He'll look like he was following through with his vendetta against those who didn't help pay his legal bills. If he doesn't veto the vote, he's a two time hero for El Pasoans. He stood up for gay access (gay rights is a completely different deal) and stood up for progress. The good news is that he owns his win or loss - it's in his hands.
Rep. Acosta (loser) She found a way to look bad to both sides of the issue. She proved that she has no political savvy. In a city wide race for mayor she'll have to explain why she was against progress after she was at one time for it. Her affiliation with Norma is killing her like it kills everyone else.
Ankle biters (losers) But aren't they always? They never win, but at least they got some serious face time at the podium on this issue. All of them were allowed to go over their time during public comment and that's like an extra scoop of ice cream for the price of one for them.
Rep. Holguin (winner) He hated this from day one and hated it all the way through. He's not much of a fan of white folks or their plans to improve the community and he's consistent about it. He's steady like the West Texas wind and his constituents don't have to guess where he's coming from on any issue.
David K (loser) I got former mayor Ray Salazar's family all riled up and they called me names which hurt my feelings and now I'm sad all the time. They even spread a rumor that I was living in Dallas! My wife is still mad about that one.
Emma Acosta is focused on trying to get elected as El Paso's mayor - we all know that. I hear from people all the time who have spoken with her and that's about all she talks about. Of course, she spends most council meetings kissing every person's ass who comes to the podium in the silliest ploy to gain votes I've ever seen. Council members have said privately that Acosta's constant need to blab about every item has made the meetings unbearable and longer than they need to be. The pint-sized diva has no idea how unpopular she is, which might explain her idiotic vote last night on the baseball deal.
Acosta was initially on board with the deal and made public statements in support of it. By the time yesterday's meeting was called into session, her support had become rather murky. Because she is not smart she is often fearful of those people she shouldn't be fearful of. In this case it was a hodge podge of bible beating conservatives who had somehow hooked up with Three Names Allala and Norma Chavez to carry water for former mayor Ray Salazar who wants a building named after him. Their political clout should be measured in ounces, not pounds as demonstrated by their inability to sustain a protest or produce signed petitions very quickly. Gathering the 25 people who are always against everything to join your cause against something - isn't hard.
Acosta must have thought that by offering an amendment to the deal making it contingent on the HOT item passing in November would have placated the dozen or so angry nut-bags against the deal. Too bad that wasn't good enough for them and it's likely the dozen or so voters she did woo with that move won't even vote in an off year election. Even if her HOT contingency idea passed, the deal would have been dead. It's been clear from day one that there can be no contingencies on funding. So, her net gain on her failed compromise was zero voters. She showed she's a terrible deal maker because she didn't understand either side's ultimate goal and gave neither of them a chance at achieving it.
Acosta might have some inkling that she needs money to run for mayor. Too bad she didn't realize that the people who hold the campaign money were almost all for the baseball deal. By voting "no" on the overall package, she gave anyone with a spare dollar in town an easy excuse for not giving her any campaign cash. Had she voted for the packages in its presented form, it would have been hard for the monied folks to argue against supporting her. After all, she would have been the key veto blocking vote. Her "yes" vote would have put her in the catbird seat from this point on.
It could not have been clearer to an intelligent person what the two very different outcomes of her vote were to be. On one hand you're a hero who gets to choose what thrown you sit upon in the future and on the other hand you're persona non grata with everybody. Because Acosta is not worthy of being an elected official, she made the wrong choice.
I don't even need to get into the math of voter concentrations on the westside and their support for the stadium deal, do I? I know Norma Chavez probably told her that she'd deliver millions of valley votes if she'd just vote against Foster and Hunt (Chavez has a hard-on for them and continues to lose to them at every turn), but there are no votes down there and Norma sure as hell can't deliver them (Naomi!). Again, Acosta was too dumb to see where her bread could be buttered and went the wrong direction.
I look forward to her explanation on the campaign trail of her vote. She needs to remember that supporters of the stadium are "the voting block" nowadays - just ask Congressman Reyes. Young, smart up-and-comers like JodyFeinberg have built a large group of motivated people who will hold forums, ask questions and generally pester Acosta about her vote. If you want to be mayor, you've got to leave Acosta's district and it's not going to be friendly, or familiar territory on the side of the mountain where the sun sets and the bulk of the voters reside. I suspect we'll see a "I voted for it before I voted against it" situation here that should allow me some great comedic opportunities.
With all that said... if Acosta would just send me an email once in a while asking for help, I could make her the Queen of El Paso. It's not that hard to fool everyone - Larry Medina did it for decades.
I'm betting that Emma didn't get to pontificate before the vote because she knows the mayor is going to veto.
Just my opinion. You can't ever shut her up, but all of sudden she didn't want to finish her blabbering before the vote and I get the idea that she knew what the mayor would do.
I stayed home with the kid who has the sniffles, so I've been watching today's council meeting. Here's what I've seen on the baseball issue.
1. Those against the baseball deal are pretty much old, uneducated and unsuccessful in the game of life. They stake their pride on stopping things, not starting them. They are those who bitch about everything, brag about nothing... except their bitching about everything. They prevent opportunities instead of creating them. They have all been very eager to talk about themselves whether it is relevant information or not. A very obvious need to have others hear about them personally is indicative of these "naysayers." They are looking for a mic and an audience at all times.
2. Those for the issue have been pretty much educated, articulate and unlikely to share irrelevant personal information. I have to say this again- educated and articulate. There's a key to that. If you were in a bad situation would you follow the dumb and unsuccessful? Or, would you follow the smart guy?
I've got a lot of emails asking what I'm going to do when Emma bails and the Mayor vetos the whole package. My answer - nothing.
None of this matters to me at all. The City Council already approved a quarter billion dollars in spending on roads and that's what I wanted. That's what my family and friends do for a living. All I cared was that the money wouldn't be tied to a quality life of bond issue in November. I won.
As for baseball... I personally don't care. I don't live there. I'm a Nationals season ticket holder and have a part of a season package to watch the Orioles. I play in a men's league all summer long. I have plenty of baseball in my life. Baseball in El Paso is irrelevant to me.
Moving El Paso forward is not my concern, either. Whether or not this project passes of fails, I remain a spectator who can't do anything but give you advice. Just imagine I'm standing with you in a Wal-Mart parking lot and you're pondering whether to punch your pregnant wife in the mouth with a closed fist or kiss her. I've been telling you to kiss her because the outcome for you will be so much better both in the short-term and the long-term. If you punch her in the face against my advice... I go home. I move on. I live my life. You are negatively affected by your actions, not me. You may think you have "showed" me, but it's obvious that the only to suffer will be you.
However, it should be noted that I will continue to make fun of you if you don't take my advice. That's actually fun for me. So, I do get something positive out of your failure - laughter.
It's kind of funny how people who can't get their way with the government on certain issues morph into fans of a pure democracy. A pure democracy means - everybody votes on everything.
Most of the rest of the time these people have no problem with elected officials spending money, not spending money or changing policy on a wide range of topics without a vote of the people.
They don't seem to understand how silly they look when they adopt an entire new view of how American government should operate the second things aren't going their way. It's nothing short of declaring three strikes equal an out when they are pitching and that it takes five strikes to equal an out when they are batting.
I wish this was more complicated than it is, but it simply is not.
Seeing that Niland has a recall petition pending, Acosta decided to avoid any of that kind of drama and backtracked on the deal. She wants to run for mayor and she's scared to death that former Mayor Salazar and friends will sink her campaign if she doesn't save City Hall. Too bad she's sunk either way and not supporting the deal just means she won't get any business money for campaign. She's stupid, but you already knew that.
Acosta really thinks she has a shot at being mayor. However, in the next couple of weeks the decided front runner will announce and she'll be too late. Then she'll have to deal with the fact that there's an investigation into the fraudulent cards coming from the community meetings she held. It seems as if they were all done in the same pen and handwriting and presented as from many people. Don't think the powers that be won't now have even more reason to come down hard on her.
Emma's "no" vote on Tuesday will be the death of her dying political career having slammed the door on literally millions of dollars of income for some of her key past supporters. Stadiums don't build themselves and some of Emma's closest allies stand to gain big from the ball park deal. She'll be alone shortly after she casts that vote.
The Mayor is still trying to ham his way into having his legal fees paid and wants a commitment from council letting him be mayor for life - something they can put on the Charter Review vote. It's not clear if his ploy will work, although I've heard the council is seriously pissed at the guy for lying about Joyce Wilson "sneaking" a heavy agenda into a council meeting he wasn't going to be at. In fact, one council member told me that the mayor knew about the vote and wanted to everything he could to be out of town to avoid having to do anything with it.
It's sleazy town - I don't know why Foster or Hunt would ever want to do anything to help you guys out.
After Salazar's ploy to have a building named after him became public on this blog two things happened.
1. People who were with him are now against him. They are upset that their genuine concern over the tax ramifications of this baseball stadium deal is being used to promote on person's personal agenda. The emails I have received from folks are filled with anger over how this man could lie to everyone for his own benefit. I reminded them that he was once an elected official and it is in his nature to do such things. I told them that you can't trust them even when they leave office.
2. The story of how City Hall came to be and more details on it's shady birth have come out. Seems that Salazar and friends were the ones who pulled a fast on the public all those years ago. The scheme he was involved in was about as nasty as it could get, but par for the course in El Paso. Here's how it goes.
Salazar was working for a guy who owned the land. The guy who owned the land was Salazar's campaign treasurer. Nobody wanted to put City Hall there. NOBODY. Because El Paso was being held hostage by strong mayor form of government back then, Salazar did the deal anyway. He had the city buy his employer and treasurer's land for City Hall.
Now Salazar wants his name on the building to honor his shenanigans and he's got a lot of people caught up in carrying his dirty water for him.
You've got hatelove El Paso.
After my last post my email box blew up with emails from people "in the know" at City Hall. They all said the same thing - my numbers on rehabbing the current building were very low. Apparently I missed the mark by millions of dollars.
I was sent two numbers over and over again. The minimum to just fix the building enough so that people can continue to work in it is $15 million. To do what some folks want to do to the building, they're looking at $30 million.
You know you can build an entire school for $20 million. Just imagine how stupid it would be to throw $30 million at that old building when a new one would cost half that to build.
Even if you use the city's estimate on what the building is worth ($12 - $13 million), the repairs are more than the value of the property. And the city has a inflated value attached to the building because they technically use it as collateral for loans. It's advantageous to a loan seeker to over-value their assets because they can get more money at a better rate. If the city was to come out now and tell the truth about the worth of the building - they'd likely get sued by the people who loaned them money on the inflated amount thinking the city was being honest in their assessment.
So there you go... The Building may be worth $9 million in a special circumstance, but it likely wouldn't fetch near that much if offered for sale. It's not worth $38 million as claimed by Allala's boyfriend/ Salazar's minion. We're talking a minimum of $15 million to fix it and that doesn't include the $3 to $4 million in relocation costs during the construction.
All of a sudden it seems that Hunt and Foster are doing us a favor by offering to tear the money loser down before we have to put millions in it only to have to vacate it in a few years anyway. It's like the old dog at vet's office... another grand for a dog who might live a month more? Nope.
The emails about my wrong rehab number for the building also contained a little tid bit of information I wish I had had a long time ago. It seems this piece of information is common knowledge around City Hall, but nobody seems to be making it public - so I will.
Salazar and his family have been lobbying for years to have the building named after him. Like I said before, the building is the only thing he did while in office and I'm now learning that there were so many questions about the legalities involved with the whole process that it almost ended up with everybody getting indicted. The only thing that saved lots of people involved with the building's birth from going to jail in the deal, I hear, was that one major player was just too damn powerful to take down and he had to fall before everyone else could be indicted. Back then the "good'ol boy network" was quite a bit more solid than it is today.
Salazar's whole problem with the baseball park is that his legacy, however pathetic it is to the rest of us, dies when the building falls. His family has been begging, threatening and doing whatever else it takes to persuade people on the 10th floor to name it after him and the final "no" will be said when the fuse for the dynamite is lit. Word on Sante Fe Street is that the Salazar family lost their mind a few years back when a major hotel chain was looking to buy the building.
Salazar won't come out and say this, but everyone at City Hall knows that's why he's being a big baby about the deal and willing to lie to everyone in order to stop progress.
It's kind of sad to see people in El Paso manipulated by some old man who wants his name on a building. Salazar would have you spend $15 million so that he could still have an outside shot at "being somebody" in El Paso. If you think the Hunt/Foster deal sucks, then you must really think Salazar's is complete shit.
I say they name a bathroom stall in the new baseball stadium after Salazar as a "thank you" for his hard work on this issue.
Again, if you're following Salazar - you're an idiot. You carrying his water for his ego.
I read with a chuckle some guy named Ron McGinnis' op-ed in last weekend's El Paso Times. He had some wild ass claims he got from former Mayor Ray Salazar who seems to suffering from dementia because he can't seem to keep up with his own lies. And let's be honest - Salazar wrote that piece and handed it to Ron McGinnis so he could beg the EP Times to run it. Shame on the Times for not at least fact checking the piece.
Besides the claims in the piece where McGinnis says the ballpark won't fit in the allotted space given his experience as an engineer... Wait - McGinnis isn't an engineer, is he? In his uneducated opinion he thinks the park won't fit... based on? Well, he does say that a "one designer" says it's "snug." We don't know if the designer is the actual designer of the park or just someone who designs jeans for a living. However, even that designer suggests the park fits - although it's "snug." That runs contrary to McGinnis' unprofessional opinion that it won't fit. Basically, McGinnis tells you right there that he's completely full of shit and you should stop reading his words immediately.
McGinnis goes on to tell an even bigger whopper, one that Salazar invented in his senile brain as well. He claims that El Paso City Hall is worth $38 million dollars (almost $200 a square foot). Really? In El Paso? Maybe if the building was located in Manhattan it could reach the $20 million mark and that would be the price of the footprint, not the building - it needs to be torn down no matter where it's located.
I have spoken with multiple commercial real estate folks in town (and you can too, just call them up - thier names are on signs everywhere you look) and found out that for $44 million you can buy the following six buildings - TOGETHER - AT ONE TIME!
Stanton International Building
El Paso Saddle Blanket
Wells Fargo Building
Again, commercial real estate professionals in El Paso put together a portfolio showing the sale prices for each and they equaled roughly $44 million when you added them all together. What's more interesting is that they told me there isn't a a $15 million dollar building downtown. Their suggested retail price for City Hall is anywhere from $1 - $9million based on whether or not the city agrees to knock it down first and whether or not all the parking comes with it. The entire complex that includes the parking on both sides of the road could be worth $9 million if the city pays to knock down the building before the sale. If they leave the building, the new owner will have to knock it down on their own and that would reduce the sale price. I was told that the sale of City Hall would draw interest from developers, not property management companies. That means the industry generally feels the building is not useful as it sits and needs to be torn down.
You see, real estate professionals in town will all agree - the building is admittedly in very bad shape, thus its value resides in the land that it sits on (location, location, location!). It's worthless as an inhabitable structure - that was verified nearly five years ago when a major hotel chain looked into purchasing the building and balked at the condition of the existing structure. And we've heard from the city many times that the cost to fix what's wrong with the building could reach $10 million. And that's a problem.
If you owned City Hall and it was your only asset and you wanted a loan to fix it up - you couldn't get it. No bank would give you that money when they know even after you fix the whole thing up it would still be worth less than what you put into it. You'd spend more than the building was worth simply displacing the inhabitants floor by floor for the years it would take to fix it all. By the time you finished you could have simply purchased another building and moved everyone over there.
Salazar and Mayor Cook want to keep City Hall, spend $10 million to fix it and $3 to $4 million to house city staff off-site while their floor gets renovated over a three year period. They want you to invest $14 million in a building that is worth no more than $3 million itself and $9 million with all the adjacent land. It's like dumping $10,000 into your pick-up truck to make it worth $900. Now that's a dumb idea.
I guess the biggest problem here is that Salazar is lying through his teeth to save his crowning achievement - City Hall. The one term mayor who was considered the dumbest of his day and completely irrelevant by 1989 is making one last push for himself at the expense of El Paso's future more than 30 years after he screwed it up the first time. What would you expect from a guy who helped manage El Paso's steep decline into poverty? We mourn Detroit, but that's a Cinderella story compared to what Salazar and his ilk did to El Paso. You are the saddest story of a city's decline in American history and you have no qualms about staying that way even if you have to pay millions to stay that way!
Now to the mayor and his possible admission that he tries to hinder city's business.
During a KVIA interview the Mayor dumped his absence at the initial meeting accepting the terms of the baseball deal on the City Manager. He was at a boondoggle out of town enjoying free meals etc. and couldn't find it worth his time to come back to El Paso to be at a meeting he now considers very important. What's worse is that he tried to encourage the City Manager to impede the flow of city business by asking her to keep the agenda light. How would you feel if you had an agenda item pending that was tied to your ability to make rent, feed your kids and pay your bills and the Mayor postponed it because he was at a conference out of town that had nothing to do with the City of El Paso's daily business? You'd be pissed - as you should be. You should be mad now that the Mayor has no problem telling the world that he shirked his duties in trade for some fun at an out-of-town conference. And it doesn't matter which side of the issue you are on - you should still be mad at his declaration of laziness and his absence.
The real story here is that Mayor Cook is still trying to get Foster and Hunt to pay his large legal debt. He's playing games hoping they'll cry uncle and pay him off. The problem there is that Foster and Hunt know that what the mayor wants is at best unethical and at worst illegal. Besides, they might just not be interested in bailing out a guy who made his own trouble in the first place. I'm also sure nobody is wanting to help the Mayor since the word on the street is that he just sprung for a fancy new little sports car instead of paying his debt to his former legal team. Nobody is feeling sorry for him since he's become a taller version of Larry Medina.
Bottom line - Salazar is liar trying to persuade a vulnerable community to blow life back into his long deflated ego. Most of you aren't smart enough to know when you are being lied to because you've been exposed to so many, you can't tell the difference. Too bad you might miss out on a better life because you're not smart enough to realize you're being screwed by those who claim they are helping you.
Oh, and by the way - if you're championing Cook here for "listening" to the people, remember why he owes all the money to a lawyer in the first place.
I've been curious as to what's going to happen with the petition being introduced this week on the regular City Council meeting agenda. I had to do some digging, but I got what I was looking for.
It appears that people who go the petition route don't do their homework and end up with unworkable language. In this case it seems like they want to reverse an ordinance rather than writing a replacement ordinance for voters to consider and then for council to consider - if it the voters send it to them.
Tom Brown and friends found out that the wording on the petition is vital to its ability to survive legal review. Interpretation is everything when it comes to these petitions and guess who gets to interpret them - the City Attorney's office. Obviously they have an agenda that matches the Mayor and Council's so they'll try to work around any petition language that reads against the state goal. Having precise language that can not be open to interpretation is key.
Of course, if you're asking for something to happen that can not legally happen - you're wasting everyone's time. You can't go retro with ordinances. I've seen the language on Allala's petition and it's asking the government to go back in time and undo what they did. Unfortunately for them, that's not how the process works at any level. You can't go back and discard the vote on Obamacare - you have to write an entire new bill that replaces the provisions in that bill. It works the same way at the local level. A new ordinance must put up, not an effort to void a legal vote on an ordinance.
I figured somebody would have consulted a lawyer about these efforts before they went out and wasted everyone'stime. If the city's legal council finds the language unworkable, the whole thing gets thrown out. I'm guessing that is what will happen either tomorrow or next week. I can tell you that I have only seen one item struck from introductions at city council and it had something to do directly with me. It's rare. So they might have to wait until next week to discard the item. Although, they'd do themselves a favor discarding it during introductions this week to avoid a circus next week.
I would hope that if the petition does make it to discussion that a City Council member asks to speak with the NotaryPublic to see if they witnessed every signature. If they can't attest to that, somebody is going to have some problemas!
1. This Dame el DineroLa Mano situation is yet another black mark on the democrats in El Paso. The organization is heavily supported by them and it looks like they were up to no good. The stories coming from the people who were staying there are horrifying. Remember, these are Norma's best friends. These are Emma Acosta's best friends. How many of their friends have now been involved with criminal investigations?
2. A petition was certified on the demolition of the City Hall. That makes a total of three I've heard about. The first one didn't have enough signatures. The second one was submitted August 9, 2012 and certified yesterday. The third one is Allala's and she's been gone for a few weeks now.
The big question is the language - I'd like to see it. Retroactive ordinances of any kind are usually not legal. I know Allala's language is pretty much unworkable when it comes to getting done what she wants done.
The second question is the veracity of the signatures. I noticed the there's a place for a notary to witness people signing the petitions. However, I have many reports that notaries are not witnessing the signatures. If that's the case, whoever notarizes these petitions had better be ready to face a state inquiry into their actions. If they lie, they liable to wind up in jail.
3. The El Paso Times all of sudden thinks the baseball park is about attracting jobs to El Paso. Where in the hell did they get that idea? The baseball team is for El Pasoans - it's something for you to enjoy. Yes, jobs will be created that relate to the operation of the team and care of the stadium, but that's not the main idea here. The Hunts, nor the Fosters are claiming that the new team will attract AT&T's new world headquarters. They're offering a place where a family can have a great time.
It should be noted that all of the quality of life items are supposed to for the residents of El Paso, not for players to be named later. Granted I think some of the items are designed solely to enrich a single group of people (arena!). The idea is to make El Pasoans happy first.
Attracting employers is a lot more complicated. Using Asarco's proximity to the rail road for a major manufacturing plant would be an example of something that would attract employers.
And let's be honest - with less than 30 percent of El Paso's population having a college degree, it's not like some big suit and tie company will ever come to town looking to hire folks. You don't have the educated class to attract them. What you can do is function as a manufacturing hub and the children of the uneducated will have a shot of increasing the percentage of people in El Paso with college degrees. Although, having a college degree is becoming less and less of a unique things these days, but that's another story for another time.
Anything I missed?
Some of you don't like to read. I can't force you to do it, but I can tell you that you sound like an idiot when you don't. Here's what you missed about the El Paso County tax increase.... a why it's different than the City's status quo for this year.
If you're interested in all the direct quotes, the El Paso Times has the story HERE.
The 5-cent tax increase is for... well I'll just paste the entire paragraph so you there's no quibbling over the facts:
"The tax increase would help fund nearly $3.6 million in county pay raises, another $3.6 million to meet its sheriff's collective bargaining agreement obligation, and the recently issued $110 million certificates of obligation for capital projects such as the jail expansion. Future capital investment, such as equipment and building repairs, would also be financed with the tax increase, officials said."
It's pretty obvious that the tax increase is aimed at paying people and replacing all the old toys with new toys. Oh yeah, more jail space for the criminal population that's growing much faster than the county's population is.
I don't see anywhere in there where they are planning on using the money to provide services to places in the county where they either don't have them, or not enough of them. It's all pay raises and as of yet unselected capital improvement projects. That could mean new paint for their buildings, or new cars for all the county employees.
Any shortfall the County of El Paso finds itself in can be attributed to a lot of things. The lack of high property values within the county's jurisdiction outside of the city, might be the biggest problem. The County doesn't have to pick up the trash, police the streets or fix potholes within the city limits, but yet they get money from those residents as if they should be. Somehow they manage not to have enough money to do everything they want to do.... Of course, 50 years of extreme corruption might have something to do with that...
The City stated very specifically that the new growth increased the tax base enough to keep the tax rate steady. The County very specifically didn't claim that residential expansion caused them to raise taxes. To make a claim contrary to either sentence above is to present yourself as a liar.
The bottom line is that the County wanted to raise taxes because they've been severely mismanaged for decades. The City, on the other hand, hasn't been. And don't forget that even though University Medical Center gets its own spot on the tax bill, it can still get cash infusions from the County. That "stand alone" Children's Hospital is dying before it ever even lived and it's likely a large portion of where that $110,000,000 CO is going to fund that turkey. They said they'd never raise your taxes for the Children's Hospital, but they can raise them for a CO that is going to fund it!
Just imagine how low your taxes would be if you weren't paying for duplicate police forces, duplicate engineering departments, duplicate accounting departments, duplicate legal departments, duplicate permitting departments, duplicate construction inspection departments, duplicate waste management departments, duplicate parks department, duplicate street departments, duplicate IT departments, duplicate traffic departments... and on and on and on.
Not only has growth help keep your taxes at the same level, they've allowed you to continue this insane duplicate government structure that makes zero sense. If you were to do away with one entire sloppy bureaucratic body of government, you might be able to lower taxes!